- the state of being embarrassed; disconcertment; abashment.
- an act or instance of embarrassing.
- something that embarrasses.
- an overwhelmingly excessive amount; overabundance: an embarrassment of riches.
- the state of being in financial difficulties.
- Medicine/Medical. impairment of functioning associated with disease: respiratory embarrassment.
Origin of embarrassment
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Examples from the Web for embarrassment
Beyond the embarrassment, missing bowl games carries a real economic cost.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
If none of these songs are likely to knock “Like a Rolling Stone” off your playlist, neither is anything here an embarrassment.Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and Others Crowdsource A Dylan Album
November 16, 2014
“The thing about me and embarrassment, you have to remember, is that it all happens on a scale,” she said.Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?
November 5, 2014
When the judge finally asked Picasso if he knew Apollinaire, his embarrassment turned to rage.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
The next day she suffered the embarrassment of the Turks announcing that no such approval had been granted.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
October 20, 2014
"No, not yet," Mary admitted, without sign of embarrassment.Within the Law
His embarrassment, or ugliness of temper, or whatever it was, was gone.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I could not answer her directly, and felt myself flushing with embarrassment.In the Valley
Lady Delacour sat down again, ashamed of her own embarrassment.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Perceiving a stranger in the wagon she paused, with a look of embarrassment.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- the state of being embarrassed
- something that embarrasses
- a financial predicament
- an excessive amount; superfluity
Word Origin and History for embarrassment
As "a mental state of unease," from 1774. Meaning "thing which embarrasses" is from 1729. Earlier words expressing much the same idea include baishment "embarrassment, confusion" (late 14c.); baishednesse (mid-15c.).